Press News | 3rd March 2008

Notts seek fans for life in schools

Nottinghamshire are building on the success of their Cricket in the Community initiative by sending players to reinforce the cricket message in schools across the county.

More than 10,000 children from over 170 primary schools have been introduced to cricket this winter by Notts community coaches.

And the players are set to follow that up by speaking at school assemblies about how they got into cricket and their experiences as professional sportsmen, as well as taking part in some PE lessons with youngsters.

First up are AJ Harris and Will Jefferson, who will be visiting Beeston Rylands Junior School on Thursday March 6, ahead of the school’s Community Sports Week initiative, which starts next week.

The four-day scheme will see children receive taster sessions in numerous sports with the hope they will continue playing with local clubs.

Cricket Development Officer Eddie Burke said: “These school visits are paramount to our community work, as it allows children who have received an introduction to the game over the winter a chance to meet their heroes.

“The players will be doing a mixture of coaching and talking about how important teamwork is, as well as sharing their own life stories.

“Hopefully, a lot of these children will be encouraged to come and see the players in action at Trent Bridge this season and become fans for life.”

Gareth Clough, Mark Ealham, Samit Patel and Mark Wagh will be at Ernehale Primary School in Arnold and St Edmund Campion School in West Bridgford on Friday, while Greenwood Junior School in Sneinton will also receive a visit later this month.

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